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Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting the Palm Springs Air Museum in the California desert, and specifically had the privilege of sitting in the cockpit of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber (like the one in the above photo).  Congratulations to the many who...
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A Visit to Normandy: Magnificient Mont St. Michel

DrFumblefinger ·
(Mont St. Michel, viewed from pastoral Normandy) As we drive through the pretty farmland of Normandy, with its pleasing apple orchards and pastures dotted with sheep and dairy cows, it’s easy to forget this region’s turbulent past....
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Albania's cold-war fortress to become a resort

Paul Heymont ·
Albania, whose tourism industry amounts to less than 5% of its gross domestic product, would like to change that. One big step is a plan to develop Sazan Island, a crumbling military installation, into a tourist attraction and resort.   At the...
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Bergen: Norway's Not-So-Second City

Paul Heymont ·
Approaching Bergen by Air   Bergen is a city of paradoxes. It's Norway's second-largest city, but it feels in many ways like a small town. It's the second-oldest city, but only in a few places does it seem older than 150 years or so. It's...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 20, 2013: Luxembourg, Old City and Ramparts

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of Europe's smallest countries, it's easy not to visit Luxembourg, neatly tucked in between the cultural and economic giants of Europe -- France and Germany -- and just west of its political capital in Belgium.  But its a beautiful...
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Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway (Where Gumbo was #147)

Travel Rob ·
WITW was TravelGumbo this week? He was at Oslo's Akershus Castle and Fortress. Find out some of the history.
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Re: Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

Mac ·
And I thought that GarryF had snagged the first date with Miss Angela.... I am distraught!! I just love the nose-art on these planes. To have so many fly-able planes too what a collection!! Thanks Dr.F a great piece.
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Re: Palm Springs Air Museum, California (Where Gumbo was #104)

GarryRF ·
Another simple photo that inspires lots of chat. I too was wondering who first caught Miss Angela's eye. But then ... gentlemen never kiss and tell ! Love the artwork, something the stuffy Brits would never allow ! The USAF had a base at Burtonwood UK. Close to Liverpool where I now live. The aircraft would fly almost non-stop. New crew and re-load. Not even stopping the engines. (Tales from my Dad) The hundreds of American personnel would hit the bars in Liverpool on R+R. The local men...
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Re: Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway (Where Gumbo was #147)

Paul Heymont ·
Kicking myself this morning, because I did actually think of Akershus as the pictures rolled...but there was also enough similarity to Prague Castle to give me doubts. Of course, when you're building a military fortification... And, Travel Rob was clever to keep the ocean out of the picture. It's actually THIS close, adjacent to Oslo's Aker Brygge waterfront: Despite its grim history (which figures in quite a few police procedurals and novels of World War), it can be a peaceful place for an...
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Re: Akershus Fortress, Oslo, Norway (Where Gumbo was #147)

PurpleDinner Greg ·
ah! And I currently LIVE in Norway!! So I totally should have gotten this! But I live in the north of Norway (to my own defense). But at least I got the correct latitude based on vegetation, sun angle, and clothing worn! Thanks for the great puzzle! Please post more!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 7, 2014: View from a Jodphur window

PortMoresby ·
Jodhpur may be my favorite city in India. The fort was the view from my guesthouse roof in the old city where we hung out, had meals and talked into the night with it all lit up above us. Thanks for the memory, Mac.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Feb 7, 2014: View from a Jodphur window

Mac ·
Glancing up from the courtyard towards one of the intricately carved plaster facades of a palace inside Mehrangarh Fort, I spot this palace guardian inspecting the throng of visitors below.
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Sri Lanka: A Land Like No Other (Part 4). The Rock Fortress of Sigiriya

DrFumblefinger ·
 “You absolutely must go to Sigiriya!”, Arthur C. Clarke insisted to me during my first visit to Sri Lanka.  “There are other countries with beautiful weather and beaches, but there’s only one Sigiriya.
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